Georgia lawmakers voted to nix a tax benefit for Atlanta-based Delta as part of a broader tax package approved Thursday, following the airline’s decision to sever ties with the National Rifle Association.
The bill — which includes a sweeping income tax cut — cleared the state House on an overwhelming 135-24 vote, after being approved in the state Senate on a 44-10 vote. It now heads to the governor’s desk.
The final version dropped an earlier amendment that would have renewed a jet fuel tax exemption worth $50 million that was taken off the books in 2015.
“Businesses have every legal right to make their own decisions, but the Republican majority in our state legislature also has every right to govern guided by our principles,” Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who very publicly threatened to pull the airline tax break earlier this week, said in a statement.
“The most secure elections in the world are conducted with a piece of paper and a pencil,” said Georgia State Rep. Scot Turner. “It allows you to continue into the future to verify the result.”
Turner has proposed a bill that would retire Georgia’s electronic touch-screen voting machines and switch to paper ballots that voters would fill out and then be counted by optical scan machines. The technology has been in use for decades to score standardized tests for grade-school students.
“You can try and hack these machines all day long,” Turner said. “But that piece of paper that you can touch and feel and look at is going to give the voter the confidence that the election is actually being recorded the way it should have been.”
But Georgia’s top election official, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, also a Republican, said the electronic voting machines currently in use in Georgia are accurate and efficient and replacing them with paper would be a step backward.
“The fraud we see in Georgia is with paper ballots,” Kemp said. “So, I would be very careful going back to the old days of the hanging chad.”
Via Reddit thread.
African-Americans in Georgia: The Democratic Party needs you to make a short trip to Alabama on December 12 and vote against the right-wing Republican Senate candidate and child molester Roy Moore If you need transportation, we have buses available. Call 202 863-8000
Voter fraud! The Democrat Party is giving free bus rides for black voters from Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee to go to Alabama and vote against GOP candidate Roy Moore on December 12. The phone number listed in the title to the thread in r/Georgia is the phone number for the D.C. office of the DNC ( Democratic National Committee 430 South Capitol St. SE Washington, DC 20003. Main phone number: 202–863-8000. ).
( Daily Mail ) This is the chilling moment a group of nurses laughed as a World War II veteran died in a Georgia care home.
The nurses were meant to be fixing an oxygen mask onto 89-year-old James Dempsey after he called for help saying he couldn’t breathe.
But a surveillance camera captured them laughing as the breathing machine failed, and Dempsey fell unconscious, and records show they waited an hour to call 911.
One of the nurses is seen laughing so hard she is doubled over Dempsey’s deathbed.
Initially, Dempsey’s family in Woodstock, Georgia, thought he had died of natural causes in Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center in 2014.
However, his son Tim had promised they would install a hidden camera when he first moved in there as he feared mistreatment.
Weeks after Dempsey’s death, Tim reviewed the footage – and what he saw sparked a three-year legal battle.
Despite watching the video in court in 2015, the nurses kept their licenses until now that local television station WXIA-TV/11Alive persuaded the court to release the footage to the public.
Shawnetta D. Reece: gym teacher arrested over sex with 15-year-old boy strikes again, sexually assaulted an 18 years old
A Georgia gym teacher who is facing charges for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old boy has been charged again over a second student who police say she assaulted two years ago.
Shawnetta D. Reece, 40, was first arrested in August over her relationship with a 15-year-old who police say she molested in 2013.
The woman was working as a gym teacher at Union County Middle School at the time and the boy was moving from the eighth grade into the ninth grade.
…In August, the bureau announced her arrest over her relationship with the 15-year-old boy.
At the time, they said she had been ‘sexually involved’ with the child.
‘The student was moving from the 8th grade into the 9th grade during this time.
‘As a result of the investigation, Reece has been arrested for child molestation and sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority,’ the bureau said.
There was no information on whether Reece was granted bail following her second arrest on Friday night.
A woman bathes in produce section of Kroger Supermarket in Stone Mountain, Georgia slap two men and police were called.
This video was taken on September 3, 2017.
The description on the video’s YouTube page says:
“I just witnessed a woman slap two random people in store for no apparent reason. When approached by the Loss Prevention department, she immediately started to scream “rape and abuse.” When the police were called, she ran to jump in the fresh produce and began to bathe.”
BAXLEY, Ga. – Police are hoping surveillance video that captured a violent attack will help them find the people responsible.
Video obtained by Channel 2 Action News shows a restaurant owner and her teenage daughter beaten by two customers. It happened Thursday afternoon in Baxley, Georgia.
The victims told police the suspects were unhappy with their order. The verbal argument turned violent when one of the suspects began punching the restaurant owner repeatedly.
When the victim’s teenage daughter came out of the car to break up the fight, the male suspect punched her in the face.
Baxley police have issued warrants for the suspects, Nathaniel Smith and Latasha Smith, according to our ABC affiliate in Savannah WJCL. The pair could be charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children.
The suspects drove away from the restaurant in a cream or tan Cadillac Escalade with tag number REU8495. Officials say they headed north on Highway 144.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Baxley Police Department at 912-367-8305 or the 911 call center at 912-367-8111